I’ve found that Wednesday nights are very good nights to do something different. You know to help you bust through the midweek. So tonight I decided not to do the dishes :o))

Ok, well, actually I decided not to do the dishes because I tried a new recipe for dinner (and made the girls something separate) and used SO-OH-HO many pans that I just couldn’t bring myself to do it. In the morning… things are always less daunting when the sun is shining. Even sinks full of dishes. Oh right, I made Jalapeno Popper Macaroni and Cheese. Oh yes… it’s ok if you salivate a little bit. Here is the recipe. Craig gives it two thumbs up. I would prefer cake, but thought it was very good.

Jalapeno Popper Mac-n-Cheese (Rachael Ray Magazine)


  • EVOO, Salt and Pepper
  • 1 lb. hollow, ridged corkscrew pasta
  • 3 jalapenos, seeded and sliced (wear gloves! beware of spicy eyes!)
  • 2 serrano chiles (I just used another variety of hot pepper as I live in the boonies :o)
  • 2 cloves of garlic, chopped
  • 1 1/2 cup whole milk (I used low-fat)
  • 8 oz. cream cheese (again, low-fat)
  • 2 tbsp dried minced onion (fresh, grated is groovy)
  • 2 cups shredded monterey jack cheese1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese (this is my own addition for the top. It was necessary)


  1. Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Salt it, add pasta and cook until al dente. (NOT more!) Drain and return to pot to remove excess moisture.
  2. In a skillet, heat a drizzle of EVOO over medium heat. Add the jalapenos, serranos and garlic and cook until tender, about 5 minutes. Add to the pasta.
  3. Preheat broiler. In a saucepan, combine the milk, cream cheese and onion over medium low heat. Cook, stirring, until smooth, 5 minutes; stir into the pasta. Stir in the jack cheese; season with salt and pepper.
  4. Transfer to baking dish, top with cheddar and broil until browned, about 3 minutes. WATCH IT :o)  Enjoy! (It will be spicier on day two as the chiles sit in the sauce for a while :o)

2 comments to “Jalapeno Popper Mac-n-Cheese Recipe of Love”

  1. Noelle

    sounds YUMMY!!!! I’m definately gonna have to try it!

  2. Jessie

    Oh goodness, I think this is going on my next meal plan. What do chiles look like? Are they the long thin green ones?


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